What we do

Our fundamental ethos is to facilitate a wider participation in sailing, and to optimise the benefits that the sport can deliver to young people and ultimately to society at large. Importantly, we seek to be as inclusive as possible by encouraging participation to children and young people from all backgrounds, and catering for a range of physical and educational abilities.

Breaking down barriers

The Foundation is providing the challenges of a sailing environment to promote health and wellbeing, and to develop personal skills that will improve a young person’s ability to succeed in life and work. We recognise sailing as a sport and as a recreation that is not always accessible to all owing to lack of finance, a physical or learning disability, mental health or social barriers. The Foundation helps to break down those barriers by working with sailing providers to offer financial and practical support.

Our Grants

Our Grants

The Andrew Simpson Foundation offers both practical and financial support in the delivery of inspiring sailing programmes. The Foundation looks to collaborate with charitable and not-for-profit sailing initiatives, nationally and internationally more


Our Research

Those who use the water for sport and leisure will already know that a sailing environment promotes health and wellbeing and develops skills that improve a person’s ability to succeed in life and work. The Foundation wants to go further than personal knowledge... more

ASWC Portland

Watersports Centre Portland

In May 2014 the Foundation was given the opportunity to establish the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The sailing school is located at one of the world’s greatest sailing venues and is a fully accredited RYA Training Centre. more

ASWC - Portsmouth

Watersports Centre Portsmouth

The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre – Portsmouth will deliver a full programme of RYA sailing, windsurfing and powerboating courses, a range of paddle sports, outdoor activities and an extensive instructor training programme. more

The World's Largest Sailing Event

Bart's Bash

Bart's Bash is a participation and fundraising campaign raising funds for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. The event is run by sailing clubs, community sailing programmes, sail training centres, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets and even groups of sailors, all around the world. more

Portsmouth Sailing Project

Inspire Change

School children in Portsmouth, Gosport and the surrounding area were given the opportunity to sail in 2015 thanks to the Portsmouth Sailing Project. The target of the five-week summer holiday project was to provide 1,000 young children aged 9-13 years and from varying backgrounds more

Volunteer Instructor Grants

Volunteer Instructor Grants

Volunteer Instructor Training Grants are available with the Andrew Simpson Foundation. There are 200 fully subsidised places available on RYA Dinghy Instructor and RYA Senior Instructor courses over 2 years. Endorsements also available. more

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